Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the gate schedule has been temporarily changed. View the most recent update below:
VISITOR CENTER: Open Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays. Visitors that need access but do not have a pass will process through the security canopy at Tulley Gate.
J.J. KINGMAN GATE: Open 7 days a week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with egress (exit) only from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
TULLEY GATE: Open 24-7 (Visitors and Commercial Vehicles must use this gate)
PENCE GATE: Open 7 days a week, 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., egress (exit) is open 24-7.
FARRAR GATE (DAVISON ARMY AIRFIELD): Open 24-7 (Authorized personnel only)
LIEBER GATE: CLOSED
TELEGRAPH GATE: CLOSED
WALKER GATE: CLOSED (Expected to reopen Summer 2021)
All Commercial Vehicles/Taxi/Uber/Lyft/For Hire Vehicles will be processed at Tulley Gate's Commerical Vehicle lanes.
Please Note: All visitors who do not have a DoD ID or an Access Pass will need to enter Tulley Gate and drive through the far-right commercial lane. To receive a expedited visitor access, click here.
DFMWR COVID-19 Updates
The novel coronavirus outbreak is evolving on a daily basis. Family and MWR is working with USAG Fort Belvoir leadership to determine how the latest information affects Family and MWR facilities and events. This will result in cancellations of some events, programs and services.
ID Card Policy Update:
Fort Belvoir Commissary:
Effective April 17, 2020, face coverings are required for entry into the Commissary.
The Fort Belvoir Commissary will begin 100% I.D. card checks at the entrance of the store. They have revoked the visitor policy to reduce the number of people in the store and help with social distancing and crowd control. Additionally, they have eliminated "early bird" shopping hours to allow more time for cleaning and re-stocking. The Click2Go service is still being offered. The Commissary will operate Mon-Fri 0900-2100, Saturday 0800-2000 and Sunday 0900-1900. For the latest, up-to-date information on what DeCA is doing during this time, visit their website here.
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has successfully completed the month-long return of students and staff to in-person learning and is announcing that it will be returning to five days a week of in-person learning in the fall. Stay updated on their Return to School plan here.
Virginia Department of Veterans Services Office at Fort Belvoir:
• The SunTrust Bank is operating by drive through only.
USO Warrior and Family Center Fort Belvoir:
• Effective Tuesday, July 7th, the USO Warrior and Family Center is open to active duty service members and their dependents Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Effective Friday, April 17, face coverings are required for entry into the post offices.
DoD COVID-19 Response
How many have tested positive for COVID-19 at Fort Belvoir?
Only the Department of Defense or service branches will release numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Numbers of people in isolation, quarantine or possibly infected will not be released.
What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what are the symptoms?
COVID-19, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in 2019. It was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Reported symptoms include mild-to-severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. In a high number of cases, the infected individual loses his or her sense of taste and smell. The virus attacks the lungs in humans. (Note: a pandemic is an outbreak that's spread out over several countries, an epidemic effects a limited geographical area.)
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
First, assess symptoms and remember that a respiratory illness doesn't automatically mean you've contracted COVID-19. Virus symptoms include fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing. If these occur, STAY HOME and immediately call your health care provider for further instructions. As part of the screening, you will be asked questions about your travel history and recent contacts with others. Military personnel and families at Fort Belvoir may contact the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital COVID Clinic for any questions or concerns: 571-231-0532 , or the TRICARE MHS Nurse Advice Line: 1-800-874-2273, option 1.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?
According to the CDC, those who are ill with COVID-19 but not sick enough to be hospitalized should follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading their illness to others through isolation (avoidance of ALL human contact)
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to self-isolate at home. This means separating oneself from ALL individuals in the dwelling. Civilian employees and service members must ensure they keep their supervisors/chain of command informed and receive guidance/assistance from them.
Others who are more seriously ill may require hospitalization. Severe illness may develop into pneumonia and can be fatal. "Recovery" from COVID-19 is typically verified by two lab tests with negative results conducted 24 hours apart.
How does the virus spread?
Person-to-person transmission is believed to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza viruses and other respiratory pathogens spread.
There is evidence that suggests a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. This is another reason why face coverings are proving effective, serving as a hinderance to instinctive face touching.
The COVID-19 virus is not stable in the environment, limiting the ability to survive and spread on surfaces. Therefore, precaution should be taken with frequently touched objects like shopping carts, fixtures in public restrooms, door handles in public buildings, etc. Frequent cleaning of these areas will lower the risk, but the best safeguard is handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol after touching high-contact surfaces.
What is isolation and what does it mean if you are placed in isolation?
Isolation is when an individual, or group of individuals are separated from healthy individuals to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. Individuals are selected for separation if they are infected or reasonably believed to be infected by COVID-19.
What is quarantine and what does it mean to be placed in quarantine?
Quarantine is when individuals or groups of individuals have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not yet ill. Quarantine involves separation from those who are healthy to prevent the spread of the virus.
Is a person released from isolation/quarantine a risk to others?
No. They do not pose a risk to others. The medical provider releases someone only after he/she meets the criteria of being free from fever and all other symptoms and they must have negative results from two consecutive lab tests conducted at least 24 hours apart.
How can Soldiers, family members and DA Civilians protect themselves?
All personnel should adhere to CDC guidelines on the preventing the spread of respiratory viruses like the flu and COVID-19. Prevention guidelines include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay at home if you are ill. Coordinate with your commander/supervisor for sick leave.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze and throw tissue in trash when done.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time, especially after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched items or surfaces using household spray or wipes.
- Following CDC guidance, community leaders are requiring individuals to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures cannot be maintained. Military personnel, DOD Civilians, contractors, retirees, family members and all other visitors to Fort Belvoir are required to follow guidelines on the use of face coverings per DoD Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings Memorandum.
Does COVID-19 present any specific risk to pregnant women or the unborn child?
New studies have revealed that pregnant women might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Additionally, there may be a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth. Individual health care providers are the best resource for health monitoring and ensuring complications with a pregnancy have not developed. Pregnant women should take precautions such as wearing face coverings when out in public and frequent handwashing.
What is the best way to clean areas to prevent COVID-19?
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, etc. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Wash laundry thoroughly, to include jackets and coats. An important safety precaution is to avoid combining cleaning chemicals such as bleach and ammonia or rubbing alcohol as they can create toxic fumes that are potentially deadly. There is much more information on the CDC website.
Who can I contact for mental and emotional support?
Free resources available for mental and emotional support include, but are not limited to, the following:
On-Call Duty Chaplain - 703-201-8045
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
COVID-19 VACCINE FAQS
Is the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
Yes. The Emergency Use Authorization Process used by the FDA to release the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for use requires clear evidence of safety. Each company's application to the FDA includes two months of follow-up safety data from Phase 3 of clinical trials conducted by universities and other independent bodies. In that phase, tens of thousands of volunteers got the vaccine and waited to see if they became infected, compared with others who received a placebo. By September, Pfizer's trial had 44,000 participants.
How long will the vaccine take to work?
You won't get the full protection from the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine until about a week after the second dose, based on clinical trial data. The researchers found that the vaccine's protection started to emerge about ten days after the first dose, but it only reached 52 percent efficacy, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. A weel after the second dose, the efficacy rose to 95 percent.
Should I get vaccinated if I had a COVID-19 infection?
Yes. It's safe and probably even beneficial for anyone who has had COVID-19 to get the vaccine, experts said. Although people who have contracted the virus do have immunity, it is too soon to know how long it lasts. Current data suggests you are unlikely to be re-infected in the first 90 days following infection. You must wait until you recover from your COVID-19 illness and meet all isolation and quarentine requirements prior to vaccination. If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your health care provider if you are unsure of what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
What to expect after getting a COVID-19 Vaccine? What are common side effects?
You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects include pain and swelling on the arm where you got the shot, a headache and fever, chills and tiredness througout the rest of your body. Visit the CDC website here for helpful tips on managing side effects.